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Category Archives: Blog III

Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Posted by Rachel Miller Toyota Kata–a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement–had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese carmaker’s renowned production system methods and tools. A Kata is a routine practiced so its pattern becomes a […]

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

Posted by Rachel Miller The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear. Workers may be dealing with changes to equipment and floor plan layouts […]

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Posted by Rachel Miller Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed factors – lack of a qualified applicant pool, turnover and absenteeism, and under-performing […]

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Future-proof your manufacturing while supply chains are in flux

   By Mike O’Donnell  – Center for Industrial Research and Service    Sep 4, 2020 – Original article at the BizJournals.com  Manufacturers are entrepreneurs at heart. Intense global competition requires them to iterate until their business is a finely tuned machine, then […]

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Apprenticeship Program Offers More Career Pathways, Helps Close the Skills Gap

Program meets demand for “learn while you earn” and a clear path to career advancement important to Generation Z Tina Berger August 26, 2020 Qualitydigest.com A manufacturing apprenticeship pilot program in Florida is taking a hybrid approach that replaces the traditional […]

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Why a Food Safety Culture Is Good Business for Food Manufacturers

August 11, 2020 By: Dileep Thatte There were more than 300 food recalls and 17 multistate foodborne investigations in the United States in 2019. (ref: Food Safety magazine) The recall process in the food industry averages more than $10 million in associated costs, according to Food […]

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5 Leadership Essentials for Lean Success

AUG 05, 2020 The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) defines people-centric leadership (PCL)as a culture in which every day, everyone goes home feeling fulfilled by pursuing excellence and everybody flourishes. All too often, PCL is missing from lean, causing many […]

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How to Cross the Threshold into Manufacturing Automation

From: Industryweek.com AUG 05, 2020 Investing in manufacturing automation doesn’t have to be a full system installation with lights out production or even a fixed-base piece of equipment. Low-cost options like machine vision systems or part feeders can introduce automation […]

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My Stay-at-Home Lab Shows How Face Coverings Can Slow the Spread of Disease

June 11, 2020 By: Matthew E. Staymates Editor’s note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face coverings in public settings. Since COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, […]

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Machine Vision Promises Nearly Flawless Quality Control

Posted by Raminder Sandhu, CMTC Robotics & Automation Practice Lead & Regional Representative for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. Robots are capable of incredible feats well beyond human abilities: Guinness World Records recognizes the Fanuc Corporation’s M-2000iA/2300 Super Heavy Payload […]

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